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  Monday, April 25, 2005

European Roundup: Heading into the Playoffs
By Luis Fernández

Two href=/profile//> rounds href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> certainly href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> on. href=/profile//> Among href=/profile//> them, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> virtually href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> upcoming href=/profile//> playoffs, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> star-studded href=/profile//> Pamesa href=/profile//> Valencia href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> chances href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> clinching href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> favour href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Joventut, href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Gran href=/profile//> Canaria.

Eduardo href=/profile//> Hernández-Sonseca href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> waking href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> weeks href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> unnoticed. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> mid-week href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Caja href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Fernando. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> later href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> 21 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Bilbao href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> secured href=/profile//> Gran href=/profile//> Canaria href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs.

Adecco href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> victories href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> race href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> one, href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Granada, href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> Rodríguez href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> performances href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> one, href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Girona, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> Carlos href=/profile//> Suárez href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> stole href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> show, href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (with href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> accurancy href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> field), href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists.

It href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> deserves href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> mentioned href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Rudy href=/profile//> Fernández href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> track href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> injury, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> helped href=/profile//> DKV href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Breogan href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists.

Out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> playoff href=/profile//> fight, href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> working href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> earn href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> homecourt href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> possible. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> wonder-duo href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> mid-week href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> slowed href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> during href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> weekend. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Spaniard href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Tenerife. href=/profile//> Meanwhile, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Brazilian href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> powerhouse href=/profile//> F.C.Barcelona, href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> intimidate href=/profile//> near href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket.

Finally, href=/profile//> Mickaël href=/profile//> Gelabale href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Etosa href=/profile//> Alicante. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks.

As href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spain, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> Lega href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> rounds href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> start href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> finding href=/profile//> himself, href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> too. href=/profile//> We're href=/profile//> talking href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Slokar, href=/profile//> who's href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> forget href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> suffered href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Treviso. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Pompea href=/profile//> Napoli href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> later href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Cantu. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 27 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time. href=/profile//> Unfortunately, href=/profile//> Udine href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> virtually href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> advancing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs.

One href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> undoubtedly href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> vs. href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso, href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> team's href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> level, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> amount href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> feature href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court. href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> scoreless href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> before, href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> useless href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Benetton, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> rolled href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> enjoying href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> inspired href=/profile//> Stefano href=/profile//> Mancinelli, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> SF href=/profile//> keeps href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> game.

The href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> story href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Serbia href=/profile//> & href=/profile//> Montenegro, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Superleague href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> rounds. href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Milojevic href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Avdalovic href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> back, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> youngsters href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> chances href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> shine. href=/profile//> Nevertheless, href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> score href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> digits href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> (12 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> each href=/profile//> one). href=/profile//> Luka href=/profile//> Bogdanivic href=/profile//> gave href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> hand href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Red href=/profile//> Star href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> stepped href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Atlas href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points.

The href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Lithuanian href=/profile//> LKL href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> Renaldas href=/profile//> Seibutis' href=/profile//> Sakalai href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> series href=/profile//> tied href=/profile//> 1-1 href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Nevezis. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> contest href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> weren't href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> advance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinals.

The href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> Superleague href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> too. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> played, href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> Nikita href=/profile//> Shabalkin href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> shining href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> rebound href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> University href=/profile//> Suput, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> later href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> Samara href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Euras.

We href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Turkey, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> Ender href=/profile//> Arslan href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> dished href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Efes href=/profile//> Pilsen href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Buyuk href=/profile//> Kolej.

 
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